DC Central Kitchen, a Washington DC-based non-profit that develops social ventures to fight poverty and hunger, named Carrier as its “Official Cold Chain Sponsor,” revealing two new delivery vehicles equipped with Carrier Transicold 30S direct-drive transport refrigeration units (TRUs) donated by the company.

In addition to transforming wasted food into 5,000 daily nutritious meals for homeless shelters and non-profits and serving 6,800 farm-to-school menus to low-income schoolchildren at 15 Washington DC schools, DC Central Kitchen offers a Culinary Job Training program. This program equips unemployed, underemployed and previously incarcerated persons and homeless adults for careers in the foodservice industry. The current class, number 106, is sponsored by a grant from United Technologies, the parent company of Carrier.

“We are proud to support DC Central Kitchen’s efforts to provide a life-changing Culinary Job Training program, and to deliver meals using food that otherwise would be wasted to shelters and non-profits, and healthy, nutritious meals to schoolchildren in underserved areas of Washington DC every day,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer for United Technologies.

The rigorous, 14-week program includes in-kitchen programming as well as training, job-readiness skills and self-empowerment sessions that provide a holistic approach to furthering a student’s personal growth.

“Carrier and United Technologies’ support of DC Central Kitchen represents an investment in the infrastructure to not only deliver meals to those in need and to waste less food, but to also inspire solutions that empower marginalized and at-risk people to achieve their own lasting liberation from the cyclical conditions of hunger and poverty,” said Mike Curtin Jr, chief executive officer of DC Central Kitchen.

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